On this day: July 10

Published On: Jul 09 2012 10:02:43 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 10 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The United States takes possession of the Sunshine State, Howard Hughes flies around the world, a new milestone is reached in space and a "classic" soft drink returns, all on this day.

OTD July 10 - Dio
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1942: Rock and heavy metal singer-songwriter Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with Black Sabbath and his own band Dio, is born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dio, seen here in 2007, was also known for his powerful singing voice and for popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture in heavy metal. He died of stomach cancer at the age of 67 on May 16, 2010.

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